With The Devil's Pitchfork, author Mark Terry hits the ground running. The book opens during Iraq I, with the protagonist using laser guidance to target an air strike on an Iraqi weapons depot which contains chemical/biological weapons.
The story then moves to a bio lab near Baltimore where a group has overcome security and stolen a genetically created Bio weapon. Enter Derek Stillwater now a trouble shooter for Homeland Security and an expert on Bio weapons. Now the chase is on, and as the reader learns early on, the primary suspect is a former colleague of Stillwater's from his days in the army.
Very quick paced as the whole story takes place over just a couple of days, with a lot of bodies piling up.
Stillwater is unlike any thriller genre `hero' you have ever read about. Prior to the big action, he experiences panic attacks and gets physically ill. Writers in the thriller genre have a lot of competition and, for the most part, over worked plots. Kudos to the author who can make his characters stand out from the crowd. Mark Terry does that with Stillwater and his affliction.
On the negative side, while I am a fan of action thrillers, there is a point where there is too much action. As the story develops, this book has a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter. They involve different characters, but it still became annoying after a bit. But, that's just the way I look at it, your mileage may vary. Also, as with so many of the self published Ebooks, this one was in dire need of an editor. Twice, on the same page, Terry called his protag., Stillwater, Clearwater. How can an author do that?